This course will enable you to develop an understanding of society and social factors and how this affects crime and criminals, giving you a solid human understanding that will put you in a good position for range of careers or further study.
Combining sociology with the study of criminology gives you a chance to benefit from the cutting-edge thinking of the University’s Centre for Applied Criminology, a research Centre of Excellence. The recently launched Centre for Critical Social Research also brings sociological concerns to the fore.
This course is taught with an equal number of Sociology and Criminology modules.
You’ll share a common first year with the Sociology BA, giving you a wide range of understanding and letting you see what your options are before advancing. The course introduces you to sociological theories and contexts allowing you to situate and to inform your studies in criminology with a focus on crime, criminals and the operation of criminal justice agencies.
You’ll develop communication and research skills through our wide range of assessments, as well as a clear understanding of social policy and criminology.
Our next University-wide Open Day will take place on Saturday 25 November. Come along to find out more about our courses and see our facilities.
To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate degree students starting in 2017 or 2018, we're giving at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn’t have to be repaid.
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We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.
|A Level||BBC or 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 subjects|
|BTEC||D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points|
|GCSE||GCSE English Language at grade 4 or above. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.|
|England, Wales and Northern Ireland|
|City and Guilds Level 2||N/A||Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.|
|Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2||Pass||English Language. Considered in lieu of GCSE English language at grade 4+. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.|
|Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level)||BBBCC||Must include English language. Required at the point of enrolment.|
Please select a qualification from the drop-down list to view our entry requirements:
If you have a qualification that is not listed, please contact the Course Enquiries Team
|English language requirements 2017/18|
|IELTS||6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands|
|Other accepted qualifications||Visit our English language page|
From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels
|BA (Hons)||Sep 2018||FT||3 Years||£9,250 per year||Apply via UCAS|
|BA (Hons)||Sep 2018||SW||4 Years||£9,250 per year||Apply via UCAS|
|BA (Hons)||Sep 2018||PT||5 Years||See below|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
|BA (Hons)||Sep 2018||FT||3 Years||£12,000 per year|
|BA (Hons)||Sep 2018||SW||4 Years||£12,000 per year (excluding sandwich year)|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.
There are three ways to apply:
You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.
Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.
If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.
UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*
The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.
You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.
If you study this course part-time or via distance learning, you will be charged on a pro-rata basis. This means your fee will be calculated per module.
There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements).
Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.
We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
This module provides you with an introduction to sociology, discussing key thinkers and how slavery, genocide and colonialism impacted on the making of the modern world. Through this module, you’ll develop key sociological skills, which you’ll continue to hone throughout the course.
This module will provide you with the tools to develop a critical awareness of a variety of sociological perspectives, encouraging you to link them to different learning outcomes.
Researching Social Life
You’ll be introduced to the principles of social research, gaining a sound knowledge and an understanding of sociology as a whole. You’ll look at research that has examined social institutions, changes and dynamics, as well as looking at contemporary social issues. You’ll sharpen your research clout and acquire a broad range of transferable skills.
State and Society
In this module, you will critically engage in policy case studies, use international comparisons and examine key policy agendas. You’ll learn about political influences, processes and ideologies, looking at migration, state policy and more.
City, Community, Culture
This module focuses on key theories of the city, including theories from Black sociologists, as well as providing you with the theories we’ve learnt from the city of Birmingham. You’ll learn to understand and study the city through ethnographic methods.
Social Construction of Crime and Deviance
This module will examine the ways in which criminological and sociological theorising help us to challenge common sense in order to widen our understanding of a) ‘deviant’ identities and b) the operation of social control.
Classical Social Theory
This module explores the key issues of classical social theory, liberalism, Marx’s critique of capitalism and Weber’s focus on religion and rationalisation. Through this module, you’ll understand the origins for different sociological theories.
Exploring Popular Culture
You will examine theories relevant to the study of cultural sociology, with a specific focus on topics such as race, gender, sexuality, music and media. You’ll consider how popular culture can act to confirm or resist dominant ideologies produced in society.
Beyond the Statistics: Researching Criminological Experiences Contemporary Social Theory
This module will introduce you to a range of contemporary social and sociological theories, developing your knowledge and understanding of their origins. By the end of the module, you will have also acquired a range of transferrable and employability-related skills.
Prisons and Punishment
The following optional modules are all worth 20 credits each:
Globalisation, People and Society
This module provides you with an opportunity to explore concepts, research and debates in relation to globalisation, people and society. It explores the social consequences of globalisation, and creates an awareness of social possibility and constraint in present-day society.
Gender and Crime
This module will explore the gendered nature of crime and criminal justice. In doing so, students will consider the gendered perspective of victims, perpetrators and those working within the Criminal Justice System. This module will draw on a broad theoretical framework; including feminist, psychological, biological and human rights perspectives.
Transnational Organised and Corporate Crime
This module is your opportunity to undertake an applied, or library-based, piece of research in an area that is of particular interest and relevance to you. You’ll conduct extensive research, manage your own time and develop specialist knowledge of the area you’ve chosen to research.
The following optional modules are all worth 20 credits each:
We will ensure you graduate with in-depth sociological and criminological knowledge, as well as a wide range of academic, personal and professional skills.
We employ a wide variety of learning and teaching methods to ensure you are exposed to a range of learning styles, including traditional lectures, workshops, student-led sessions and our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
As well as the wide variety of learning and teaching methods employed by the programme team, we also utilise a broad range of diverse assessment methods, ensuring you acquire the relevant academic and transferrable skills required to succeed after graduation.
Our assessment methods, as with our learning and teaching methods, also share the common aim of encouraging engaged, independent and deep learners who are highly successful, knowledgeable, critical and reflective, who can demonstrate a range of relevant skills.
The course team are very committed to ensuring that you are supported in making the right choice of subjects for your needs. The programme is designed to allow you the opportunity to transfer to Sociology BA (Hons) after your first year, so that you can be sure that the pathway meets your needs and future career aspirations.
Our Rehabilitation, Reintegration, Re-Entry and Therapeutic Communities module allows you to visit HMP Grendon, Britain’s only therapeutic prison community, where you can engage in a debate with the prisoners.
You can gain international insight and experience a new culture with our Erasmus/study abroad exchange programme. Students have spent a semester at a number of institutions abroad, including, in the USA, San Diego State University and Western Illinois University, and in Europe, the universities of Agder (Norway) and Linnaeus (Sweden) and the Public University of Navarra (Spain).
Examples of further study opportunities include:
We are also currently developing a Masters in Sociology which will be undergoing approval in the near future.
We recommend you get involved in the research seminars held by our research centres (such as the Centre for Critical Social Research and the Centre for Applied Criminology and the Centre for Critical Social Research), as well as encourage you to participate in the research these centres carry out.
Our new Graduate+ scheme will not only develop your broader employability skills, but will also enhance your work opportunities, your lifelong learning skills and a sense of belonging.
Between your second and third years of study, you can elect to work for a placement organisation for up to 12 months. Assistance will be given.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.
Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations for international students.
The first-class experience offered by universities are reflected in the world’s largest survey of international students. International students are more likely to recommend the UK than any other leading English-language study destination.
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other social sciences, law, business and English students.
The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.
Realistic, simulated environments include two mock court rooms, a Magistrates' and Crown Court, and an interviewing suite. We’re also exploring the use of virtual environments as a way to develop case study analysis.
For those studying on the BA (Hons) Criminology, Policing and Investigation pathway, you’ll experience simulations of police interviewing environments for both suspects and witnesses, with access to tape recording and video playback analysis.
Crime investigation files are prepared using computer-based technology, and the crime data analysis requirements of the degree are supported by appropriate statistical and analytical software.
Psychology students can look forward to using state-of-the-art equipment as well, including the latest in eye-tracking software, and our new EEG machine, all geared towards giving you true hands-on experience with tools you’ll be using in your later career.
David Wilson is a former prison governor and expert on serial killers through his work with various British police forces, academic publications, books, and media appearances. Most recently he appeared on the Channel 5 documentary, Serial Killers.